This is another postcard which would be meaningless without the message on the reverse. It was sent on March 1, 1914 from J.R. Post of Post Oregon to Mrs. Harry Caughey of Hood River:
Dear niece, i send you this card to let you know that i havent forgoten you but have been so busy and will wright soon this card is one that we had taken at a rabbit drive and you may know some of the people on it we will wright soon as ever J R Post
I sure hope someone can fill us in on the purpose and method of a "rabbit drive."
Wikipedia say Post Oregon is in Crook County SE of Prineville, and is named for a nearby post indicating the geographic center of the state of Oregon. Peculiar coincidence that Mr. Post found himself living there.
Jack rabbits were a real problem up in that area. I remember my Grandpa talking about these, but don't remember too much. You have heard the term "beating the brush", well basically that is what they did, they would drive them into one area where they could dispose of them.
charlott on 20th August 2013 @ 7:03am
McArthur's Oregon Geographic Names, says Post, southeast of Prineville was named for the postmaster, Walter H. Post, office established June 6, 1889.
spinsur on 20th August 2013 @ 7:20am
Got to thinking. I wonder if there was a bounty offered for rabbit pelts?
charlott on 20th August 2013 @ 7:47am
Mrs. Harry Caughey's name was Gertrude (Crosby) Caughey. Her connection with Post, Oregon was that her mother was Anna Post Crosby.
Charlott on 20th August 2013 @ 7:54am
In 1956, Bill Paddock took a bunch of us Rifle Club kids to a small bore rifle match up in Pendleton. The next day we went on a rabbit hunt out in the brush area near Hermiston. It was a new kind of hunting experience for me.
Bill Seaton on 20th August 2013 @ 11:12am
Ever try eating a jack rabbit, Bill. Killed a few when a kid, but nobody wanted to try eating one. Snowshoe rabbits tasted a lot like chicken, so were pretty good.
Buzz on 20th August 2013 @ 2:46pm
We had a rabbit drive here in SE Idaho a few years back. They have been fairly scarce since then.
Jeffrey Bryant on 20th August 2013 @ 7:06pm
They are dressed as if they might be a group from Europe.
Joseph Post was born in Oregon but his wife was from Germany.
Joseph's father Wallace came to the Prineville area in 1885.
I remember when they were ready to flood behind the new John Day day, they had a rabbit drive to eliminate some of the jack rabbits.
I think now they preach not to touch a jack rabbit with your bare hands. They carry diseases.
l.e. on 20th August 2013 @ 10:57pm
I hunted the Jack's in the 1950's and was also told not to touch them because of the desease called Tularemia (sp).
Bill P. on 1st October 2013 @ 4:14pm